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America's Counter-Revolution
The Constitution Revisited

From the back cover:

This book challenges the assumption that the Constitution was a landmark in the struggle for liberty. Instead, Sheldon Richman argues, it was the product of a counter-revolution, a setback for the radicalism represented by America’s break with the British empire. Drawing on careful, credible historical scholarship and contemporary political analysis, Richman suggests that this counter-revolution was the work of conservatives who sought a nation of “power, consequence, and grandeur.” America’s Counter-Revolution makes a persuasive case that the Constitution was a victory not for liberty but for the agendas and interests of a militaristic, aristocratic, privilege-seeking ruling class.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Political Illogic

This is what passes for sophisticated argument in politics and the news media:

  1. A (contraception, whatever) is desirable;
  2. A costs money;
  3. Therefore compulsory financing of A is both proper and imperative (either through taxation or an off-budget device such as “insurance”);
  4. Opposition to 3 necessarily signals not only a denial of the desirability of A but also a wish to forbid the use of A.

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